Catherine Cooper

Catherine Cooper has taught in primary schools for 29 years. Her love of history, myths, legends and the Shropshire countryside gave her the ideal grounding to write an extraordinary magical fantasy adventure. Book 2 in the Jack Brenin series, Glasruhen Gate, is due out in the spring of 2010. Before that Catherine has two other books ready to be published, Hawke & Co. and Hanging Gate Hall. To find out more about The Golden Acorn visit

Fantasy Book Review interviewed Catherine in September 2010 and asked her whether being a primary school teacher for 29 years gave her a better understanding of what made children tick. To which she replied:

"From my experience children love humour, a bit of magic and a good adventure. I tried to cater for everyone’s tastes in my book… all the locations are real and there’s lots of history in the book too. For those who love words, all the ‘words of power’ are either Latin or Welsh. There are also a lot of hidden Shropshire myths and legends incorporated into the book."

September 17th 2010 interview with Catherine Cooper

Born in Wellington, Shropshire, Catherine Cooper was a primary school teacher for 29 years before retiring and deciding she'd love to write for children. In 2010 Catherine won the Brit Writers' Award for her children's book The Golden Acorn. The award had attracted 21,000 entries acro [...]

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The Golden Acorn

The Adventures of Jack Brenin: Book 1 written by Catherine Cooper

Jack Brenin's life changes the moment he finds a golden acorn lying in the grass. He gets caught up in an extraordinary magical adventure and enters a world he believed [...]

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